Nothing yells Irish more than Guinness. Two billion Euros’ worth of the dark, frothy stout gets poured in glasses around the world every year. Now that’s a lot of pints, people. Surprisingly, Guinness is healthier than the average beer like Corona, Samuel Adams, Budweiser, Heineken, you get the picture. Why? Guinness is lower in alcohol, calories and carbohydrates than the rest. The reason why it’s so dark is because is loaded with flavonoids, anti-oxidants and vitamin B. Moderate consumption of Guinness works like aspirin to prevent clots that increase the risk of heart attacks.
The rule still stands that if something is good for you, it tastes bad. The tremendous bitter taste I find revolting and after my first sip I could never be tempted to try it again. But when it comes to food, it’s an entirely different matter. Alcohol and cooking get two (three if I had one more hand) thumbs-up from me. When the Guinness gets cooked the bitter taste diminishes and instead lends a rich flavour to the tender beef.
If you are wondering whether the Guinness drink has got anything to do with the Guinness Book of Records, click here. There is indeed a connection.
Enjoy this intense beef and guinness stew. Yes, it is possible to make a delicious beef stew. Add prunes for sweetness. Simmer until ready and enjoy hot! Serve with a side of potato mash for extra flavour.
- 50g (2oz) flour
- 1kg (2 lb) braising/stewing steak, cut into 2.5cm (1 inch) cubes
- 30ml (2 tbsp) oil
- 1 large onion, diced
- 300ml (10 fl oz) Guinness
- 500ml (2 cups) beef stock
- 250ml (1 cup) water
- 1 bay leaf
- 125g (4 oz) pitted prunes
- salt and pepper
- Season the flour with salt and pepper and toss the meat in the flour. Heat the oil in a large saucepan or casserole. Add the beef cubes and fry until browned all over. Add the onion and cook for a few minutes, then stir in any remaining flour.
- Add the Guinness, stock and water, stirring well to combine. Bring to the boil, add the bay leaf, cover and simmer gently for 2-2½ hours until the meat is tender. Alternative, cook in a preheated oven, 160°C (325°F), Gas Mark 3, for the same length of time. Half and hour before the end of the cooking time, add the prunes.
- Remove the bay leaf, taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
- Serve with rice, mash or baked potatoes.
- If you’re not a fan of prunes or pairing fruit and meat, feel free to omit the prunes. If you prefer, you can add a few carrots instead.
- About 8 shallots can be substituted for the large onion.
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 349
- Sugar: 8.2 g
- Sodium: 251 mg
- Fat: 10.7 g
- Saturated Fat: 3.5 g
- Carbohydrates: 23.1 g
- Fiber: 2 g
- Protein: 37.4 g